The Ultimate Everest Trek

A challenging trekking holiday with the best Everest views

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Highlights

  • Trekking to the easy viewpoint peaks of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar
  • Cross the Cho La to reach Everest Basecamp
  • One of the world`s finest trekking holidays
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included

Home to Everest Base Camp and the famously friendly Sherpas, the Khumbu trekking region boasts some of the most extraordinary high mountain scenery on earth. After flying in to Lukla, our exciting trek to Everest Base camp takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar to the sacred lakes of the Gokyo Valley. Here, we climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the finest vantage points for Mount Everest (8848m). Crossing into the Khumbu Valley by way of the high and challenging Cho La (5420m), we then climb to the "trekkers summit" of Kala Patar (5600m) which affords more stunning views of Mount Everest and of the astonishing Khumbu Icefall. We have time to walk up to Everest Basecamp, before trekking out by way of the famous and recently restored monastery at Thyangboche. Staying in comfortable Sherpa lodges throughout, this circuit of the Everest National Park provides a comprehensive taste of the Khumbu that is hard to beat within a 3-week adventure holiday.

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Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with tea shops and lodges and the trails between these are well used. Climbing to cross the Cho La, the route offers more difficult trekking conditions, due to the relatively high altitude and the fact that the Cho La is glaciated and often snow-covered. Overall, this trekking itinerary is quite ambitious within a three-week schedule. To ensure that everyone is in good shape to complete the circuit trek, we have acclimatisation days at Namche Bazaar and at Machermo at the start of the trekking. The trekking grade takes into account the ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar, as well as the crossing of the Cho La. These ascents present no real difficulties and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hill-walkers. However, trekking at altitudes of over 5000 metres is always strenuous. This is a very worthwhile trip - offering outstanding viewpoints and providing interesting objectives for any first time or second time visitor to the Nepal Himalaya.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).
  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.
  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional walk up to the Sherpa Museum or a longer day hike to the village of Thame.
  • Trek via the Sherpa villages of Kumjung and Kunde to Kangjuma (3620m).
  • Cross the Mon La (3900m) towards the Gokyo Valley and continue trekking to Dole (4050m).
  • Another short day as we trek across a forested hillside and via several tea-shops to Machermo (4465m).
  • An acclimatisation day at Machermo with the option of a hike to a high ridge for views of Everest.
  • Trek up into the spectacular upper part of the Gokyo Valley, as far as the third lake (4800m).
  • Early morning trek to the top of Gokyo Ri. Then, cross the Ngozumpa Glacier to Dragnag (4700m).
  • Cross the Cho La (5420m) with views of Ama Dablam. Descend to overnight in Dzongla (4830m).
  • Descend to Lobuche, then follow the main Everest Trail up to Gorak Shep (5140m).
  • Trek to Everest Basecamp on the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Return to Gorak Shep.
  • Trek to the top of Kala Patar (5500m) for classic dawn views of Everest. Descend to Pheriche (4270m).
  • Descend the main Everest Trail, via the monastery at Thyangboche, with a final ascent to Kangjuma.
  • A short trek to Namche, with time for lunch and a spot of sightseeing, before descending to Monjo.
  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing.
  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
2016
Sun 24 Apr - Fri 13 May Code EVL /03/16/ Adult$2,580 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • This tour begins on Sun 06 Nov and departs on Fri 25 Nov
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVL /08/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 27 Nov and departs on Fri 16 Dec
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVL /09/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 18 Dec and departs on Fri 06 Jan
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Sun 05 Mar - Fri 24 Mar Code EVL /01/17/ Adult$2,740 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVL /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 05 Mar and departs on Fri 24 Mar
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  • The departure reference for this tour is EVL /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Apr and departs on Fri 21 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $200 - Applies to 3 group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single rooms are not available in lodges)
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  • The Ultimate Everest Trek
  • The departure reference for this tour is EVL /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 23 Apr and departs on Fri 12 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $200 - Applies to 3 group hotel nights in Kathmandu (single rooms are not available in lodges)
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The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Lukla, then trek mainly downhill to the riverside settlement of Phakding (2610m).

    We return to Kathmandu Airport for the 35 minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. To assist with acclimatisation, we allow 2 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar. We start our trek with an easy downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding (2610m) where we check in at our lodge beside the fast flowing Dudh Kosi River. After settling in we can relax in the siunshine with a drink on the lodge terrace.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 310m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 490m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of the day free to relax or explore.

    A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to Jorsale and the entrance to the Khumbu National Park. Dropping to the river, a suspension bridge is crossed and a good path followed, passing numerous teahouses to cross the river once again on a plank bridge. About an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in Namche (3400m) we check into one of the town’s many lodges

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1110m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 360m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • At Namche Bazaar. Optional walk up to the Sherpa Museum or a longer day hike to the village of Thame.

    Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Known as the Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatisation walks range from climbing the hill above the town for a visit to the Museum of Sherpa Culture, to a full day’s outing to Thame Monastery located in the Thame Valley - a round trip of approximately 8 – 9 hours from Namche Bazaar.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek via the Sherpa villages of Kumjung and Kunde to Kangjuma (3620m).

    A relatively easy day, though at this altitude the first leg climbing to the airstrip of Syangboche will feel anything but easy. The spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest however will certainly help alleviate the pain. Leaving the main trail out of Namche, we climb first to the tiny airstrip of Syangboche, tucked away on a level platform above the town. The great amphitheatre of Namche market becomes well defined below as we continue to the ridge crest where we are confronted with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kang Tega and Thamserku. A high level traverse now takes us to the famous Everest View Hotel where we can sit on the terrace and enjoy the usually clear morning views. After a short descent we arrive at the twin Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung. Whereas Namche is (and always has been) the centre of commerce for the Sherpas, this is their traditional home. Much quieter than the busy market town below, we take some time here in these peaceful villages before continuing our descent to rejoin the main trail close to our lodge at Kangjuma (3620m.). The porters will reach Kangjuma by an easier contour trail from Namche and anyone who at this stage is having difficulty with the altitude can take this route instead.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 530m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 380m

    • Time 3 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Mon La (3900m) towards the Gokyo Valley and continue trekking to Dole (4050m).

    From Kangjuma the main Everest trail drops down to Phunki, whereas our trail now climbs to the prominent skyline chorten of the Mon La (3900m). The Mon La is not really a pass but rather a convenient point to turn the ridge into the Gokyo Valley. However, it will certainly feel like a real pass when we plunge almost 300 metres down to Phortse Tenga just above the river. Our route now begins to climb again through a dense rhododendron forest until after an hour the trees begin to thin and cresting a ridge, we are rewarded with our first view of Cho Oyo. A little way beyond we come to our overnight halt at the tiny settlement of Dole (4050m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1530m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1120m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Another short day as we trek across a forested hillside and via several tea-shops to Machermo (4465m).

    We continue up the valley on a fairly level path for one hour to Lhabarma Kharka and a further 45 minutes to Luza Kharka, eventually skirting around a ridge to gain our first views of Machermo Village (4465m) spread out in the valley below. After checking into the lodge there are plenty of possibilities for exploration above the village. Just above our lodge there is an excellent view encompassing Cho Oyo (8210m) and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumba Glacier.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 130m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • An acclimatisation day at Machermo with the option of a hike to a high ridge for views of Everest.

    We spend an acclimatisation day at Machermo. There is the option of a walk above the village, on an excellent ridge, which offers tremendous panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks. This is also an opportunity to catch up on laundry, diary writing etc.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek up into the spectacular upper part of the Gokyo Valley, as far as the third lake (4800m).

    Today we head for the holy lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the meltwater rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumba Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to the Cho La - our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo (4791m). Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Our lodge here is close to the lake shore.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 460m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 90m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Early morning trek to the top of Gokyo Ri. Then, cross the Ngozumpa Glacier to Dragnag (4700m).

    Gokyo Ri lies at the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari and is the first of our Everest viewpoint peaks. This is a walk-up peak requiring no technical expertise - merely resolution and the ability to keep going in the thinning air. We leave the lodge just after first light, crossing the ablation valley and following a zig zag path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into view and from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself (5360m) we have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu - some say it is a finer view than that from Kala Patar (a similar peak which is much closer to Everest and one that we climb later in the trek). We return to the lodge for a breakfast or brunch before setting off on the next leg of our journey. Descending to the second lake, we then climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumba Glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked by cairns and takes around 45 minutes. We climb off the glacier at the place known as Dragnag (4700m) where we check into a simple lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 250m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 330m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Cho La (5420m) with views of Ama Dablam. Descend to overnight in Dzongla (4830m).

    An early start for the long day across the Cho La (5420m). Approaching the pass, we cross a large boulder field. Beyond this ancient moraine, the climb to the pass is steep in places, involving some easy scrambling over boulders and loose scree. The upper part of the route can be snow-covered, particularly after November. From the pass, there are excellent views including a completely different aspect of Ama Dablam, now seen from the north west. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (often snow-covered) which is fairly straightforward. As we descend to the grazing pastures below, the trail becomes more and more defined and walking beneath the impressive north face of Cho La Tse we reach the several lodges of our overnight halt at Dzongla (4830m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 810m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 720m

    • Time 5 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Descend to Lobuche, then follow the main Everest Trail up to Gorak Shep (5140m).

    Leaving Dzongla we continue our descent. Crossing a shallow stream the main path drops down to Pheriche on the Everest trail. Our route contours the grassy slopes of Chola Tso to join up with the main Everest trail just 20 minutes below the seasonal settlement of Lobuche. From here, a trail climbs steadily up the ablation valley by the side of the Khumbu Glacier. After crossing the rubble of a side glacier we arrive at Gorak Shep (5140m) a summer yak herding settlement at the foot of Kala Patar, which now boasts several of the highest tea houses in Nepal. We check into one of these quite basic establishments after a longish day.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 670m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 490m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Everest Basecamp on the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Return to Gorak Shep.

    For some this will be the climax of the trip although it is not as tough or as long as the day over the Cho La. We begin at first light walking first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. In 3 to 4 hours we reach the traditional base camp for Everest below the stupendous Khumbu Icefall. If this is the spring season this area will be a tent city housing the hundreds of climbers who come to scale the World’s highest peak. We will spend some time here before returning to our lodge at Gorak Shep which we should reach by mid afternoon.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 170m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 170m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the top of Kala Patar (5500m) for classic dawn views of Everest. Descend to Pheriche (4270m).

    Aiming to make the most of the usually fine morning weather, we have an early start for another highlight of our trip, the short ascent of Kala Patar (5500m). This is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. The climb is not particularly difficult and will take less time than the ascent of our previous viewpoint Peak of Gokyo Ri. We should also now be well acclimatised from our previous ascents. At the top we are rewarded with the classic view of Everest seen across the Khumbu glacier and in spring we can make out the tents of the climbing expeditions below. The view down the glacier towards the peaks of Ama Dablam and Kang Taiga is no less spectacular. Returning to Gorak Shep, we first retrace our steps to Lobuche before descending the Khumbu Valley on the main Everest trail. We pass several memorials to Sherpas and other climbers who have died on Everest. as we descend to the tea houses of Dugla. Here we have a choice of routes either directly down the main trail to Pheriche or via a high level traverse to Dingboche. We will stay overnight in a lodge at one of these Sherpa settlements. Altitude around 4270 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1390m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Descend the main Everest Trail, via the monastery at Thyangboche, with a final ascent to Kangjuma.

    A rather easier day today although still a long one as we walk through greener pastures beside the Imja Khola. First we trek mostly downhill to Pangboche, where we may make an optional climb to visit the monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu. From Pangboche, it is a short and pleasant walk down to a bridge slung spectacularly over a narrowing of the river as it plunges through a rocky gorge. Just beyond the bridge we enter a forest of rhododendron, birch and pine, the first trees we have seen for over a week. It is a short climb through the rhododendrons and pine trees to the top of the ridge and one of Nepal’s finest monasteries at Tyangboche. Here, we will take a tour of the main gompa and its visitor centre. Leaving Tyangboche we descend a steep path to the village of Phunki where there is a bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi. Climbing once again we meet our original path to Gokyo and a short way beyond this junction we have the welcome site of the lodges of Kangjuma where we stay overnight.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1250m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • A short trek to Namche, with time for lunch and a spot of sightseeing, before descending to Monjo.

    An easy morning’s walk as we follow the contour trail around the hillside to reach Namche Bazaar. We will take lunch here and there is plenty of time for a second look round the town or to do some souvenir buying. Leaving Namche the trail drops steeply down to the river and then more gently as we follow the Dudh Kosi to Monjo and our overnight halt.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 290m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek downhill beside the Dudh Kosi River with a short final climb to Lukla.

    We retrace our first day’s walk to Phakding before the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We check into our lodge and no doubt we will have a party to say goodbye to our trek crew.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 590m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 480m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Fly to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing.

    We take the early morning flight to Kathmandu, check in to our hotel, and have the afternoon free for sightseeing. As a part of the holiday package we have included complimentary evening meals at some of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu on each of the nights that we stay in the city.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals ld

  • In Kathmandu. Half-day sightseeing tour included. Rest of the day at leisure.

    This is a spare day in case we experience delays with the Lukla flight. There is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the city’s main attractions, Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional KE local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Porter support for personal baggage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The lodges in Khumbu offer a variety of dishes with both local and international cuisine featuring on the menu. In order that the group can take their evening meal together rather than waiting for individual orders to be served, your trip leader will order a set meal at each of the lodges. All dinners will start with a soup and end with a desert and your trip leader will make sure the main meal is varied from lodge to lodge. There will always be a vegetarian option available for anyone who requests this. Although this is not fine dining you will be amazed at what the lodges can prepare on wood burning stoves. A hot drink will be provided with your meal and further drinks including soft drinks, beer, spirits and occasionally wine, are available to purchase directly from the lodge. Breakfast will normally consist of porridge, bread & jam and toast & eggs with tea or coffee. Boiled water for your bottles will be made available each evening and again at breakfast. In Kathmandu we normally choose one of the excellent restaurants in the city for dinner. Just about every cuisine from around the world is represented and the restaurants have an international reputation.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20.
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you have time, it may be worth considering arriving earlier in Kathmandu. Our trekking holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' in the city, but Kathmandu is a fascinating place and it is well worth spending extra time here. Arriving a day or two early will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your trek. Note that on this holiday we have a very early start on day 2 to catch the morning flight to Lukla. We can easily arrange for you to spend extra nights in the city and airport transfers are included for all flights.
During this holiday you will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. On trek there are a total of 16 nights where we stay in lodges. We use a good standard of lodges in the Khumbu but first time trekkers should note that these are not hotels. More akin to alpine gites, lodges provide but comfortable but basic accommodation. Most lodges have a warm and cosy main room for reading, relaxing and dining and these are often attractively decorated with traditional textiles. Bedrooms are normally quite small with twin beds and toilets are generally not en-suite. Most lodges offer hot showers for an extra charge. Accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are not available in lodges. For the 3 hotel nights in Kathmandu single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will gather at the breakfast table having packed their kitbags and brought them downstairs. During breakfast the porters are given their loads and will normally set off ahead. After breakfast we make final preparations and set off on the trail. We will generally reach our lunch stop after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch usually takes an hour or even two and is normally a cooked meal. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the next lodge as we set off on the afternoon walk which is usually shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trip leader will organise the rooms and give out keys. after settling in we can relax in the dining room or catch the last of the sun outside with a beer or a cup of tea. Dinner is is a 3-course meal cokked in the lodge kitchen and served in the communal dining room. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. The trek leader will give a briefing on the following day`s walk and then it will soon be time to get tucked up in bed.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and and Simrik Airlines. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) - a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced professional local leader throughout the holiday, and on trek will have the services of assistant Sherpa guides and porters to carry personal baggage.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency (Nepali rupees), should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including around £60 - £70 (in equivalent Nepali rupees) for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes the equivalent of £60 -70 (in rupees) to these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). For all flights to and from STOL airstrips in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. This weight allowance is normally strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged. Please be aware that you will have to pay for this at check-in. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. For all STOL flights in Nepal, the maximum allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined, is 15 kg. It is essential you keep the total weight of your baggage within this limit. Paying for transportation of excess baggage is not normally an option on these flights. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (must be waterproof)

  • Trekking poles or ice axe (see notes)

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15ºC)*

  • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges if necessary)

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters  and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers or similar for use in lodges

  • Spare laces

  • Gaiters

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Notes

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

Equipment hire: Items marked * are available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

 

For this trip you must bring EITHER a set of trekking poles or a ‘walking’ ice axe. This is a safety measure only for the crossing of the Cho La and you will not necessarily be required to use this equipment. In certain conditions, the trip leader may issue ‘instep’ crampons to group members for this crossing. These are small lightweight crampons, which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

>> Click here to go to the PHD Gear Advisor for the Ultimate Everest Trek

 

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before coming on a trek like this you should have previous experience of hiking in mountain or hill country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the main climbing season for Everest and at this time there will be many expeditions at the base camp. This is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your holiday. In October/November and April/May this will range from approximately 25C in Kathmandu to approximately 14C at 3000 metres, and approximately 3C at 5000 metres. From December to early April, temperatures will average around 5C lower than this but at any time of the year the real feel temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4000 metre. (above 3000 metres from mid December) and at our highest overnight stops, outside temperatures may drop as low as minus 15C. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short-lived storms can and do occur.

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  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti

  • Everest: A Trekkers Guide. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone

  • Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer

  • The Climb. Anatoli Boukreev

  • The Ascent of Everest. John Hunt & Edmund Hillary

  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry B. Ortner

  • Everest the Old Way. John Driskell

Gokyo 1: 50,000 Nepa Maps

The best trekking maps are published in Nepal. Nepa are one of the oldest publishing houses in Kathmandu. This map covers the whole route from Lukla at a reasonable scale. Relief shading and spot heights represent the terrain and contours are at 40m. intervals. Villages, monasteries, passes, peaks etc are indicated. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (join Kathmandu)

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standard for comfortable and luxurious mountain lodge accommodation with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. Located on a spectacular hilltop ridge, it has panoramic views of ‘Fishtail Mountain and Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award.

Tiger Mountain, exit KTM

From $950 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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